The Great Impression

by Sparkadia

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"The Great Impression" is the 12 track USA debut album from Australian indie pop-rockers Sparkadia. Front man and founding member Alex Burnett shows great skill in his songwriting, seamlessly melding 80s style synth lines and sprawling, anthemic choruses with evocative lyrics to form a record that is heartbreaking and uplifting all at once.

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released November 8, 2011

Words & Music by Alex Burnett

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Track Name: The Great Impression
Every summer I dream
Dream the strangest of dreams
You were here by my side
For a while so it seemed

In the Valley of Kings
There's no way to escape
Melting clocks in the sun
Wish you knew you made

The greatest impression on me
You made the greatest impression on me
You made

Every winter I fall
Fall back into your bed
You were on your way home
I was sleeping instead

You're the lake that stays frozen
Every time that I wake
I'm still under your spell
Wish you knew you made
Track Name: Fingerprints
Packed my bags
To run away from you
Took my chance
What's a boy to do

But there's something in the mirror
Something that I never saw
Cos your memory lingers long after you're gone

Cut my ties
I guess a touch too soon
Space and time
Is not enough with you

Cos there's something in the mirror
Something that I wish I saw
Cos your memory lingers long after

Your fingerprints - are all over me
They're all over me - your fingerprints
All I can do - remember the way it felt with you
Your fingerprints are all over me

Your nail marks still
Fresh across my back
Too hard to tell
The flesh from fact
Track Name: Talking Like I'm Falling Down Stairs
Tongue - tied
Talking to my feet
When there's nothing better than self-defeat
I stop - stall
Try to stand tall
When whatever I say means nothing at all

I walk
Through all the steps in my head
It made more sense in my head
Plain and simple I can't keep climbing

I try to find the words but they won't surrender
So I lie to you and say that I don't remember

Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I'm talking like I'm falling downstairs
Talking like I'm falling downstairs

Stut-ter
Mutter to myself
That you can't quote something from someone else
I duck - swerve
Lose my nerve
It's on the tip of my tongue so just give me the word and

I'll walk
Through all the steps in my head
Makes more sense in my head
plain and simple I can't keep climbing

I try to find the words but they won't surrender
So I lie to you and say that I don't remember

Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I'm talking like I'm falling down
I'm talking like I'm falling downstairs

Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I'm talking like I'm falling
I'm talking like I'm falling downstairs
I'm talking like I'm falling downstairs
Track Name: China
She's as distant as the winter sun
More consistent than the beat of a drum
All this time she's been hiding her weakness away from me

Then one day I touched a nerve by mistake
Pressed too hard and she started to shake
Every time that I go there I know there's so much she can take
Before she breaks

She breaks like China
She breaks like China
The longer we take - the bigger we break when we find out

I keep a close eye on the way I act
Even when I start to see all the cracks
I give nothing away but expect her to stay with me

When she worked out where my weakness lay
She wouldn't stop until I gave way
Every time that she goes there she know there's so much I can take
Before I break

I break like China
I break like China
The longer we take - the bigger we break when we find out

The stronger we act - the longer we crack
There's only so much we can take till we start to break

We're constructed from the same design
With a heart that makes no sense to the mind
We can keep it together but pressure and time have their way

For the things we try to keep inside
Find their way out in the dark of the night
All it takes is the tiniest touch and there's only so much
Before we break

We break like China
We break like China
The longer we take - the bigger we break when we find out

China
Track Name: Love Less Love
So by now
You should have figured out
That for a while
You're better without me

So be brave
You're not the one to blame
I'll take the hit
You take the fame and all that comes with it

Even if we try to take away the mess we made
It took so long to figure out
Who pulled the trigger - Who pulled out

It's love - love - love - love
It always equals out
It's love - love - love - love
I hope you work it out

You should know
I wasn't built for this
A miserable heart
Is one thing I'll never miss

So if I call you late at night
Don't answer the phone
Lie like you're sleeping
You're better off alone

Cos even when we tried to take away the mess we made
It took so long to figure out
Who held the trigger - Who held out

It's love - love - love - love
It always equals out
It's love - love - love

Fooling around is fun for a while
Won't last forever when there's no love to spare
Cos we're going nowhere
Track Name: Ghost
Like a ghost in the night
She is haunting me
Taunting me

Try as I might
I can't live without
I can't sleep without her

She keeps me awake - I know when she fakes it
She says what she feels - lies to conceal her heart

I know she knows that I know she knows
That I know she knows that I know
I see what she sees and she sees what I see
And that scares her more than it scares me

Like a ghost in the night
She caresses me
Undresses me

Try as I might
I can't live without
I can't sleep without her

She keeps me awake - I give and she takes
She tries to conceal - she'll never reveal herself

She's like a ghost

She keeps me awake - I know when she fakes it
She says what she feels - lies to conceal her heart
She keeps me awake - I give and she takes
She tries to conceal - she'll never reveal herself

Like a ghost in the night
She's like a ghost in the night
Track Name: Shoot Straight
The heart is the softest target
So be careful where you aim
Be mindful of the matters
That contaminate the veins

The heart is the softest target
So be careful what you say
Be wary of the details
That can lead the heart astray

Shoot straight (Aim)

Don't let me fall too far - don't make me wait
Track Name: Mary
Mary
I don't know what to do
Mary
Cos every time I look away from you
You're all I see
Mary

If the past shapes the present then presently I would be living it differently now
The upside of downtime to think without thought is no better than getting distraught

I'll join them to beat them to keep them away from the things that I cling to the most
I'm done moving on and I'll leave if you stay so please... please

Mary
I don't know what to do
Mary
Cos every time I look away from you
You're all I see
Mary

Why don't you save me
Why don't you let me be or let me go
I'm begging on my knees forget me please
Or forgive me so
Oh Mary

If failure's success then I'm keeping it hidden to show what I now should confess
So sacred it seems I'm so scared of these dreams that keep circling around in my head

I pretend that we started a thing that could end and begin as we'd want it to be
But nothing's more costly than something for free so please... please

If love is blind I don't know what I'll find in you
I don't know what you see in me
Track Name: Hurt Me
Wake up by my side
Someone else is sleeping
So I guess my emptiness was never one to leave me all alone
There's promises
Ones that are for keeping
She won't talk so you won't know the ones I keep from you

Hurt me
Good souls like you don't deserve assholes like me

Hurt me
Why don't you hurt me
Good souls like you don't deserve assholes like me

Wake up by your side
Someone else is sleeping
So I guess my emptiness was never one for leaving me alone
I had the choice
So suffer I should
I won't talk so you won't know the pain I keep from you

Hurt me
Oh hurt me
Cos a good soul like you - should go and hurt an asshole like me
Track Name: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
I started something I couldn't finish
I couldn't leave my house for days

Locked in the basement all the lights off
Burn the candles both ways

Until it grew unlike before
A bit too big to ignore

I started something I couldn't finish
And it wouldn't leave me alone

I started something I couldn't finish
Such a foolish thing to do

Such simplicity or duplicity
When you don't know who is who?

There was peace for a while
No police that's not my style

I started something I couldn't finish
And it wouldn't leave me alone

It doesn't matter what your friends say
Doesn't matter what your folks say
You know when you're through

It doesn't matter what your friends say
Doesn't matter what they all say
You know when you're through

I started something I couldn't finish
I couldn't leave my house for days
Locked in the basement all the lights out
And it wouldn't leave me alone
Track Name: The Lost Ones
Will I always be the lost one
Will I always wonder why
One foot forward never felt so good or felt so right
You won't find me for a while

Fingers crossed I'll find the right way
Compass always points to north
I've been circling round the same two spots for far too long
You won't find me for a while

The search goes on...

Falling further than I've been before
Found a few who knew the way
Looking backwards for directions for god knows where
You won't find us for a while

We will always be the lost ones
We will always wonder why
One foot forward never felt so good or felt so right
You won't find us for a while
Track Name: Fade From View
The only way I knew to conquer someone like you
Destroy all in my way the gods decide my fate

Empires come and go
They rise and then they fall
You will never fade from view

We hibernate for days while winter has its way
Freezes what stays still and melts what's left behind

Seasons come and go
For reasons we don't know
You will never fade from view

Comets come and go
Burn bright and then don't show
You will never fade from view